SHORINRYU KARATE SCHOOL        "we teach karate; we don't SELL it!"  Since 1990              1420 Plainfield NE, 3rd. Floor, Grand Rapids, MI 49505               Phone: 616-235-2500         


No Contracts

No Hidden Fees

Feel free to stop in, watch a class or two and take up to three lessons free.

Ernest Estrada

Ernest Estrada is a well know teacher, historian and writer on the martial arts and is considered by many as one of the most knowledgeable authorities on modern Okinawan history. He began training in Okinawan karate-do at his local YMCA in 1960. In 1963 he joined the US Military and served in Japan and Okinawa. Later he was re-assigned to Washington, DC, and worked as a translator at the Pentagon for two and one half years. In 1972 he was promoted to shihan by the Zen Nippon Karatedoh Renmei (All Japan Karatedoh Association) in Okinawa Seito Karatedoh. In 1973 he also was promoted to shihan by Nakazato Shugoro Sensei in Okinawa Shorinryu Karatedo (Chibana-ha). Has been an active teacher of Chibana-ha Shorinryu since 1970 and has taught in Argentina, Mexico, England, Germany, Spain, Ethiopia and Canada. Presently he teaches Chibana-ha Shorinryu in Michigan. Professionally he is a retired Probation Officer supervisor (31 years) and now works full time as a court appointed Fiduciary. Over a period of 30 years he has researched karate and interviewed a wide assortment of well known Okinawan karate teachers. He has authored numerous articles for a variety of martial arts publications and as well as a series of 15 booklets based on his research.


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At Shorinryu Karate School we Specialize in the perfection of Authentic Okinawan Karate-do and Kobudo.

Class Schedule



12:00 to 1:00 PM  & 6:30 to 8:00 PM

All Ages


10:00 - 11:30 AM

You may attend as many classes as your schedules allows.